binding

noun
bind·​ing | \ ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce binding (audio) \

Definition of binding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of one that binds
2 : a material or device used to bind: such as
a : the cover and materials that hold a book together
b : a narrow fabric used to finish raw edges
c : a device that holds a boot firmly to a ski or snowboard

binding

adjective

Definition of binding (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : that binds
2 : imposing an obligation

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Other Words from binding

Adjective

bindingly \ ˈbīn-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce bindingly (audio) \ adverb
bindingness noun

Examples of binding in a Sentence

Noun a carpet edged with canvas binding The bindings have started to come loose. Adjective The contract is legally binding. The parties agreed to settle the dispute through binding arbitration.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The name is plastered on the bottoms of snowboards, embroidered on jackets, stenciled into bindings. Eddie Pells, courant.com, "Snowboard pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65," 21 Nov. 2019 Johnson responded that the state had passed some legislation, but that the measures were all non-binding and that more rigorous regulations were needed. oregonlive, "‘Climate change kids’ bring state lawsuit to Oregon Supreme Court," 13 Nov. 2019 The swap includes skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, poles, snowshoes and outerwear. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "Free ice skating, a ski and snowboard swap and other free and cheap events this month in Denver," 5 Nov. 2019 Earlier this year, a piece of text was found wrapped in blue binding and tucked away in a Japanese storeroom with all kinds of other centuries-old treasures. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Hero dogs, goat yoga and a giant pumpkin!," 12 Oct. 2019 The board’s approved new language is non-binding, with the district attorney endorsing the measure. Fox News, "San Francisco board rebrands 'convicted felon' as 'justice-involved person,' sanitizes other crime lingo," 22 Aug. 2019 However, the resolution is non-binding and therefore Trump will not likely face any concrete consequences for his Twitter tirade. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Democrat Al Green Filed Impeachment Articles Against Trump—What Happens Now?," 17 July 2019 Its binding is broken and pages marked with marginalia and coffee stains from hours teaching in the lab—traces of a teacher inspiring the creativity of others. Theresa Mcculla, Smithsonian, "Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collections," 16 Sep. 2019 This year the European Parliament passed a (non-binding) vote to improve access to medical pot. The Economist, "A global revolution in attitudes towards cannabis is under way," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Purdue and its executives paid $635 million in penalties and entered into a legally binding agreement with the U.S. government to ensure staff never made such claims again. Erika Kinetz, chicagotribune.com, "Purdue Pharma family’s Chinese company is selling OxyContin in Asia with same discredited tactics once used in U.S.," 20 Nov. 2019 Conard House spent more than a year analyzing the project and looking for funding, but ultimately balked at the Seligman family’s insistence on a legally binding deed restriction that would keep it permanently affordable. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "‘Project of my heart’: How 98-year-old fought to get affordable housing built on his SF property," 12 Nov. 2019 The legally binding contract that was negotiated and signed, spelling out the rules for the system, is not part of the referendum. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: For and against organized trash in St. Paul," 3 Nov. 2019 In July 2016, an independent arbitration tribunal established under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) published a clear and binding ruling that the nine-dash line claims were mostly incompatible with UNCLOS. NBC News, "Malaysia orders cuts to 'Abominable' movie over controversial map scene," 18 Oct. 2019 The mayor has promised and budgeted for more nurses, social workers and special education staff, but the union wants those commitments made in a legally binding contract. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Will Chicago teachers strike again? Union leaders think they have the votes.," 24 Sep. 2019 If the two sides don’t come to an agreement, the contract would go to state interest arbitration -- and an arbitrator’s decision would become binding. oregonlive, "Portland police labor contract: Community coalition calls for public input, changes," 11 Sep. 2019 The new regulation creates another way for decisions to become binding — at the direction of the attorney general. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "AG Barr moves forward with immigration court changes," 1 July 2019 Our military personnel are under a binding agreement with the U.S. and can’t quit at will without being prosecuted. WSJ, "Fix the VA, but Honor the Military Contract," 7 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of binding

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of binding was in the 13th century

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Binding.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/binding. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for binding

binding

noun
How to pronounce binding (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of binding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cover of a book
: a narrow strip of cloth attached along the edge of something
: a device that attaches a boot to a ski

binding

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of binding (Entry 2 of 2)

: forcing or requiring someone to do something because of a promise, agreement, etc.

binding

noun
bind·​ing | \ ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce binding (audio) \

Kids Definition of binding

1 : the cover and the fastenings of a book
2 : a narrow strip of fabric used along the edge of an article of clothing
3 : a device that attaches a boot to a ski

binding

adjective

Legal Definition of binding

1 : imposing a legal obligation the agreement is binding on the parties
2 : requiring submission to a specified authority the suppression order was binding on the Department of TransportationNational Law Journal

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